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Volunteers prepare wetland plugs for planting. Photo by Donna Bolzman.
From the community

CFC Restoration Volunteers Launch Summer Schedule

Citizens for Conservation restoration volunteers have launched their invigorating summer schedule. Volunteers work Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Among the summer projects are sedge … Read more ›

Heroes Thomas Petrovic, Carlos Ramirez, Mikey Schumacher, Carmen Ramirez, Maeve Schumacher, and Sarah Jasonowicz, Not pictured is Peyton Bendix. Photo by Pat Winkelman.
From the community

The apprehensive duckling

Arborist John Kelly from the Care of Trees, while driving to and from clients, noticed a panicked mallard duck and one duckling frantically walking back … Read more ›

A cougar at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune / June 14, 2012)

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according … Read more ›

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Carp Fest is back in Island Lake!

It may not be Deadliest Catch, but it sure is fun and a heck of a lot warmer than an Alaskan crab boat! Carp Fest … Read more ›

Callery Pear infestation in a natural area (Photo from Bugwood Wiki, University of Georgia)
From the community

Invasive Ornamental Plants Pose Threat for Native Wildlife

In winter we dream of spring. We peruse garden catalogs for beautiful plants to adorn our homes. When late spring arrives and the danger of … Read more ›

Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasives species that has been problematic in the Great Lakes region since the 1990's.  (Photo from WI IDNR)
From the community

Aquatic Invasive Species Found at a Lake Near You

Asian carp. Zebra and quagga mussels. Brazilian elodea and Eurasian watermilfoil. Their names read like a list of recent headlines. All of these aquatic animals … Read more ›

CFC's Might Oak winners. Photo By Bob Lee.
From the community

Citizens for Conservation's Mighty Oak Award Winners

Citizens for Conservation has given an unprecedented twenty-eight Mighty Oak Awards to non-board members volunteering fifty or more hours in 2011. This group of outstanding … Read more ›

Accepting the award, presented by Jim Vanderpoel, (right) are (left to right) Jim Voris, Matt Hokanson, Jim Root, Dave Cook and  and  Ginger Underwood.  Not pictured: Kim Keper and John Dalen. Photo by Bob Lee.
From the community

2012 William H. Miller Conservation Award presented to Spring Creek Stewards

The William H. Miller Conservation Award is given for outstanding contributions to conservation in the Barrington Area. CFC has been extremely successful in establishing native … Read more ›

Saturday night is prime time for Lyrids meteoroid watching

Saturday night promises to be cold, a little damp and dark — a great night to be outdoors, if you’re a stargazer. The hours from … Read more ›

The invasive garlic mustard.
From the community

CFC shows how to stymie invasive weedy vegetation in your yard

May is Invasive Species Month in Illinois. You can get a jump-start on learning about these plants by joining Citizens for Conservation's Community Education Committee … Read more ›